We are not accepting applications at this time. The deadline to apply for 2019 was April 3.
The Supreme Council, 33°, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, USA (“Supreme Council”) offers the Shepherd Scholarship to individuals to pursue advanced education.
Each year, the Supreme Council offers Shepherd Scholarships of $2,000 per year for tuition costs for a maximum of four years OR upon earning a degree, if that be sooner. The number of scholarships awarded is dependent upon the earnings of the Shepherd Scholarship Fund. The objective of this scholarship is to aid worthy candidates in obtaining baccalaureate or graduate degrees in fields associated with service to country and generally perceived as benefiting the human race.
U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
The scholarship is available to United States citizens and U.S. permanent residents only for study at accredited schools within the United States.
Verified Affiliation with a Masonic Youth Organization or the Scottish Rite, SJ, USA
Each applicant must complete the Verification of Scottish Rite Eligibility Form (part of the application form) and receive eligibility confirmation before the application will be reviewed.
Eligibility will be confirmed by the Office of Director of Education if the applicant:
1. Is a Member of a Masonic Youth organization:
- DeMolay International,
- International Order of Rainbow for Girls,
- Job’s Daughters International;
2. Is a Member in good standing of the A. & A. Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA, with its headquarters located at 1733 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009;
3. Has one of the following relationships to a current or deceased member in good standing of the A. & A. Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA, with its headquarters located at 1733 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009:
* by marriage, birth, or operation of law (e.g., adoption)
Applicant must have a 3.0 minimum grade point average.
Acceptance at Accredited Institution
While one may apply for the scholarship in advance, if a scholarship is awarded—before any payments are made—applicants MUST be accepted for enrollment at accredited institutions of higher learning that are authorized to grant degrees in the selected field of study.
Application & Deadline
Applications must be submitted online to the Director of Education, the Supreme Council, 33°, Southern Jurisdiction, USA. Only applications submitted online will be considered.
The application period is January 17–April 3, 2019.
Please scan your complete transcripts of course grades, and at least three (3), but not more than four (4) letters of recommendation, and include them with your application. All scans must be submitted in PDF format. Please make sure that each of your attachments are 12 MB, or less, in size.
Please note that when you submit your application, our webserver will place a cookie—a small text file—on your computer which will hold the data that you fill out. Your computer must enable us to place the cookie in order for you to complete the application. The cookie will allow you to interrupt the application process without losing the information you already completed to the point of interruption. Once the application has been submitted, the cookie can be removed.
Selections will be made each year during the month of April.
Selectees will be those who are best qualified by dedication, ambition, academic preparation, financial need, and promise of outstanding performance at the advanced level. Final selections and appointments will be at the sole discretion and determination of the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council.
All applicants will be informed of their selection status via mail by September 1, 2019.
If you are selected to receive a scholarship sponsored by the Supreme Council, by submitting this application, you, your parent(s) and/or your legal guardian(s) consent to the publishing on our web site and in our publications, your name, photograph, city and state where you reside, name of the scholarship of which you are a recipient, and the university/college where you plan to undertake your studies.
For additional information or help with the application process, please contact us at:firstname.lastname@example.org 202–777–3110 (M.–Th., 6 am–3:30 pm ET)
In the administration of its scholarship programs, neither the Supreme Council nor its affiliated foundations discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, status as a veteran, or any other basis protected by applicable Federal and District of Columbia laws.